Non-Federal Junior Faculty Opportunities

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Updated November 2021

Non-Federal Junior Faculty Opportunities


Name of Award



January final due date.

Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program

For young faculty. Nominees should hold faculty level appointments but be untenured (support will be reconsidered if tenure is awarded) Candidates should show promise of becoming leaders in research in the cure and treatment of cancer, immunology and neuroscience. One nominee per institution.

$110K/year for 5 years

February final due date.

Vallee Foundation Young Investigator Award

Contribute to the advancement of medical education and medical science by promoting the development of interdisciplinary sciences related to human health by supporting interactions between productive scientists both in the United States and abroad. One application per institution. 

$250K, 10% used for indirect costs

March final due date.

Packard Fellowships for Science and Engingeering

Creative researcher, early in their careers, who are engaged in research in the natural sciences or engineering. Disciplines that will be considered include physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology,astronomy, computer science, earth science, ocean science, and all branches of engineering. Two nominations per Institution. 

$875K over 5 years, $17.5K for admin costs

April final due date.

Dana Foundation: David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program

Foundation's neuroimaging program focuses on improving human brain and brain-immune functioning to promote health and prevent and treat disease. One application per institution. 

$200,000 over 3 years, 10% can be used to purchase equipment

LOI due in JULY; November final due date.

PEW Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences

The purpose of the program is to support new investigators of outstanding promise in the basic and clinical sciences relevant to the advancement of human health. The awards are intended to provide assured support for junior members of the faculty early in their careers (not more than 3 years), as they establish their laboratories. Applicants cannot have overlapping funding from Searle Scholars, Rita Allen, Burroughs Welcome Career Award for Medical Scientists, Beckman Young Investigator Award, Ellison New Scholar Award and Kimmel Scholar Award. One nomination per Institution. 

$60K per year for 4 years

September final due date.

Searle Scholar

Assistant prof. independent research in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology and related areas in chemistry, medicine and the biological sciences. (2 NOMINEES) 

$100K/yr for 3 years

September final due date.

Smith Family Awards for Excellence in Biomedical Research

Basic research in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and neuroscience. (2 NOMINEES) New rules 2010--2 Nominees in Science, 2 Nominees Engineering.

$100K/yr for 3 years inclusive of 5% indirect costs

October final due date.

Paul G Allen Distinguished Investigator Award

The award seeks to create a cohort of investigators to pursue new pioneering research in academic settings answering broad scientific questions. 2 nominees per institution. Bi-annual award. 

$1.5M over 3 years

October final due date.

Beckman Foundation Young Investigators Program

The program will provide research support to promising young faculty in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences. LOI are required. Faculty will be invited to submit full proposal. 

Up to $750,000 over 4 years

October final due date.

Simons Investigators in Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems

The intent of the Investigator in MMLS program is to help launch the theoretical research careers of outstanding junior scientists. Nominees to the program will normally be in the first few years of their first faculty appointment.  (2 candidates allowed.)

$100,000/year for 5 years; $10,000 to candidate department; $20,000 indirect costs


McKnight Scholar Awards

Supports young scientists who: hold an M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree; have completed formal postdoctoral training; and demonstrate a commitment to neuroscience.

$75K per year for 3 years


Sloan Research Fellowships

(Alfred P. Sloan Foundation)

Seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.

$75K for 2 years


Strategy and Policy Fellows Program

(Smith Richardson Foundation)

Supports young scholars and policy thinkers on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history



ACLS Fellowships

Fellowship is open to untenured scholars who have earned a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences.

$60K for 1 year


Smith Family Foundation: Odyssey Award

To fuel creativity and innovation in junior investigators in the basic sciences.  The Award supports the pursuit of high impact ideas to generate breakthroughs and drive new directions in biomedical research.  The awards will fund high-risk, high-reward pilot projects solicited from our brightest junior faculty in the region.

$300K for 2 years


Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical Research

To launch the careers of newly independent biomedical researchers with the ultimate goal of achieving medical breakthroughs. Applications focus on all fields of basic biomedical science and may also be submitted by investigators in physics, chemistry and engineering. Targets new faculty who are within two and a half years of their first independent appointment by the start of funding on April 1st.

$300K for 3 years


Charles H. Hood Foundation Child Health Research Awards Program

To support newly independent faculty, provide the opportunity to demonstrate creativity, and assist in the transition to other sources of research funding. Grants support hypothesis-driven clinical, basic science, public health, health services research, and epidemiology projects focused on child health.


$165K for 2 years

($82,500 per year inclusive of 10% indirects)


BBRF Young Investigator Grants

Provides each scientist with up to $35,000 per year for two years totaling $70,000 to enable promising investigators to either extend research fellowship training or begin careers as independent research faculty. The goal of the young investigator program is to help researchers launch careers in neuroscience and psychiatry and gather pilot data to apply for larger federal and university grants


$35K per year

Duration: 2 years


Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) Grants

Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) grants provide start-up funding for scientists and engineers in the United States who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or the equivalent.

$110K for 2 years


American Society for Mass Spectrometry

Research awards promote the research of academic scientists within the first four years of joining the tenure track or research faculty of a North American University at the time the award is conferred. The awards are intended to promote academic research in mass spectrometry by young scientists.

$35K for 1 year


Klingenstein Fellowship Awards

To include young investigators engaged in basic or clinical neuroscience research that could lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Fund continues to award fellowships that support high-risk, high-reward projects. Several areas within the neurosciences are of particular interest: cellular and molecular neuroscience, neural systems, translational research.

$225K for 3 years



Full Application: November

The Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease (PATH)

Supports accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis.

$500K for 5 years

LOI-February; Full Application-April

Leukemia Research Foundation Grants

Grants for new investigator research projects that focus on leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and/or myelodysplastic syndromes.

$100K for 1 year


Early-Career Research Fellowship

(The National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine)

Supports emerging scientific leaders as they take risks on research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving offshore energy system safety and the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems. The fellowship will provide support for scientists, engineers, and health professionals at the critical pre-tenure phase of their careers.

$75K for 2 years